Grant - Production support

Hyperspectral camera at the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson
Hyperspectral camera at the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson
© Cyril FRESILLON / IRAMAT-CRP2A / CNRS Photothèque
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You have a film project

  • If you are in contact with an independent production company, it is up to your producer to present your project to us. Invite him/her to read the "You are a producer" section.
  • If you do not have a professional audiovisual contact, CNRS Images can advise you or provide you with technical resources. A "researcher's film commission" will be set up in 2022, see the "You are a researcher" section.

You are a producer

CNRS Images, the CNRS audiovisual service, organises a co-production commission for independent production once or twice a year. Its objectives are to support scientific audiovisual projects whose themes allow them to relay the news and research priorities of the CNRS.

Grants are awarded on the basis of written applications, by a commission made up of permanent members or contributors to CNRS Images after validation by the CNRS Institute concerned by the research areas identified in the projects. 

The next commission for scientific film production will take place in 2022. The deadline for submission is 26 September 2022  but do not hesitate to send us your applications as soon as they are complete. A reply will be sent to you by e-mail within two months of the deadline for submission of the application.

We would like to remind you of the selection criteria established by the commission's jury:

  • Presence of the CNRS in the project: researchers, laboratories.
  • Suitability of the themes to the research priorities of the CNRS.
  • Visibility given to the widest possible audience / involvement of a major TV broadcaster in the project.

If your project meets these criteria, you can apply for support from CNRS Images.

The audiovisual commission will examine your project from an artistic and scientific point of view. If it is accepted, a grant agreement will be proposed to you. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the CNRS wishes to be able to use these selected films as part of its cultural and scientific activities for at least 10 years. The various rights allowing the exploitation of the films must be paid for by the executive producer. We would also like to point out that the files are examined by the members of the commission and that no member of the production department will meet with a producer to discuss the film project before the commission has given its opinion.

You will find all the information you need in the project sheet to ensure that your application is eligible: Download the "Application form for production aid". 

Please send:

   -a digital version of your project (in attachment only) and in a single PDF document of less than 5 MB (project sheet + production file) to sciences-films, with a copy to Luc Ronat, production manager.

  -by post, the complete file in 1 copy to this address: CNRS Images Service Production, 1 place Aristide Briand, 92195 MEUDON cedex

The deadline for submission is 26 september 2022.

 *Registration for each session may be closed before the submission deadline when the threshold of possible projects to be studied is reached. The last projects submitted that have exceeded the numerus clausus will then be registered for the next session (candidate will receive a notification email).

You are a researcher

Presentation of the commission, intended for researchers, to support the production of audiovisual works

CNRS Images has set up an annual commission to support the production of audiovisual documentaries. This commission is intended for researchers belonging to the CNRS and members of a UMR whose project is supported by their Unit Director.

NB: Projects accompanied by an independent production company are not concerned by this aid and must be submitted to the production aid commission: https://images.cnrs.fr/en/grant-production-support

The commission is composed of six members renewed each year, four of whom belong to the two departments of CNRS Images (production and media library) and two of whom are researchers who have made films or worked very closely with a director. The application files selected by the committee are also submitted to the scientific validation of the CNRS Institutes concerned by the themes developed in the projects.

As the aid provided by CNRS Images is considered additional, we support only projects that appear to be sufficiently financed elsewhere and that guarantee the completion of the production.

Three projects will be selected each year. They will receive a grant of up to 3,300 euros, which will be given to the laboratory of the scientist submitting the project under the responsibility of the Unit Director. The Production Director of CNRS Images, Mr. Luc Ronat, will discuss with the laboratory Director the stage in the production of the film at which it would be most appropriate to commit the grant.

It is advisable to submit projects as soon as possible before the deadline of 10 June 2022. The committee will meet in July to make its decision. The grants will be compulsorily paid and must be committed before the end of 2022.

Regardless of the financial aspect of the production model and whatever the progress of the project, the applications submitted will, above all, be judged on the quality of the writing, the clarity of the point of view, the originality of the subject and treatment, the feasibility and the scientific interest. Films of an institutional nature will not be taken into account, as this commission is aimed at researchers who wish to make so-called creative documentaries.

If the scientist has already made films as part of his or her research, or if the project submitted is in the process of being shot or edited, it is advisable to send a link so that the commission's readers can see the work already done. If the project is not yet ready for editing, the scientist may propose a few minutes of teaser footage.

The commission does not provide financial assistance for writing. However, if the members of the commission judge that a file requires rewriting to be completed and if the scientist agrees to work on the writing, CNRS Images can support this stage by drafting a reading sheet. If this is followed by a real rewrite, it will propose a working session with a documentary author. This support will be limited to two projects per year.

CNRS Images will also be able to provide advice for submissions to writing commissions outside the CNRS.

CNRS Images wishes to have the possibility of putting the films it has supported online. This is why it will make sure that all the rights to use the archives, music, works of art, etc. are regularised and that the image rights of the witnesses and all the people filmed are respected.

CNRS Images will work with the Unit Director and the Partnership and valorisation department of the laboratory delegation concerned to put in place all the contracts related to the production of the film.

If these conditions are met, we invite you to complete the questionnaire to be downloaded from the CNRS intranet: Researchers' commission form and send it back to us by e-mail at sciences-films.

CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.